During Liver Awareness Month this October, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood and platelets to support liver transplant patients and others needing blood products.
Liver transplants are the second most common type of transplant with more than 6,000 performed in the U.S. each year, according to the American Liver Foundation. Liver transplant patients may require in excess of 30 pints of blood during surgery.
For blood donor Amy Slattery, the need for blood hits close to home. Her mother received a liver transplant and needed more than 70 blood products during the surgery.
“I donate to help others that needed blood like her,” said Slattery. “I donate in thanks to those who donate their blood products to help save lives.”
Volunteer donors like Slattery are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions during transplants and other surgeries. Donors with all blood types are needed, and especially those with types O negative, A negative, B negative and AB blood.
To make an appointment to donate blood, eligible donors are encouraged to download the new Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores or text BLOODAPP to 90999 to receive a download link, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
10/2/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Chicago Delta Sigma Phi, Loyola University, 1020 W. Sheridan Rd
10/5/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Robert Morris College, 401 S. State Street
10/5/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Prentice Womens Hospital, 250 E. Superior
10/6/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Glenstar 525 West Van Buren, 525 West Van Buren St.
10/8/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., CBRE 600 West Fulton, 600 West Fulton
10/12/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., The 175 West Jackson Building, 175 W. Jackson Blvd
10/12/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., DePaul University Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield
10/13/2015: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Willis Tower U S Equities, 233 S. Wacker Drive
10/15/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Foster-Walker Complex, 1927 Orrington Ave
10/1/2015: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Loyola University Center for Fitness, 2160 S. First Ave,
10/7/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Holmes Student Center, 1425 W Lincoln Highway, Holmes Student Center
Du Page County
10/11/2015: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Fountain of Life Church, 2S361 Glen Park Road
10/4/2015: 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Warrenville South High School, 1920 South Wiesbrook
10/1/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
10/2/2015: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Rd.
10/8/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
10/15/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
10/6/2015: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Kankakee Community College, 100 College Drive
10/15/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Farmer's Market/Dearborn Square, S Schyuler Avenue & E Merchant Street
La Salle County
10/1/2015: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1401 State Street
10/6/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Carpenter's Local 195, 1001 Boyce Memorial Drive
10/6/2015: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Illinois Valley Chapter Donation Center, 1530 4th Street
10/1/2015: 1:45 p.m. - 6 p.m., Streator Blood Donation Center, 204 S Bloomington
10/15/2015: 8:45 a.m. - 1 p.m., Streator Blood Donation Center, 204 S Bloomington
10/12/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sauk Valley Community College Student Government, 173 IL Route 2
10/13/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th Street
10/12/2015: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico CUSD #3, 79 Grove St.
10/7/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St.
10/14/2015: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St.
10/8/2015: 9:45 a.m. - 4 p.m., CGH Medical Center, 100 E. LeFevre Road
How to donate blood Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood donors in the Heart of America Blood Services Region can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.